Conference Information

Topsides, Platforms & Hulls Conference & Exhibition is the offshore industry’s only event dedicated to the topsides, platforms and hulls for both deep and shallow water. A comprehensive technical program presented concurrently with an exhibition, Topsides, Platforms & Hulls Conference & Exhibition covers the design, engineering, construction, transportation, installation, and modification of topside structures, platforms and hulls.

Topsides, Platforms & Hulls allows for the free and open exchange of ideas, as proceedings will not be published and press is not allowed to attend the sessions. Only by participating in this conference will you reap its benefits.

The advisory board will solicit presentations from industry leaders who address the latest in trends, issues and developments. Attendees can expect to learn and discuss the real-life issues and solutions relevant to the topsides, platforms and hulls industry.

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Topsides, Platforms & Hulls Conference and Exhibition Announces
Nathan Davidson of Williams As 2017 Advisory Board Chairman

The 7th annual Topsides, Platforms & Hulls Conference and Exhibition is proud to announce Nathan Davidson, Williams, as the 2017 Advisory Board Chairman. Nathan Davidson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Since 2012, Nathan has worked for Williams in development roles for its offshore businesses, including the Gulfstar FPS.
He has eight years of industry experience, working for Williams in project engineering and business development roles across its North-American asset base.


FPSOs - A Labour of Lovie

Meet the man who brought FPSOs to the US offshore — by dragging a six-foot model of one up and down the coast

    Peter Lovie remembers well his late 1990s road trips to the towns of the US Gulf coast with an unusual companion — a six-foot model of the Glas Dowr floating production, storage and offloading unit.
    The veteran engineer took the unit on the back of a truck to places from Corpus Christi to Lafayette as a key part of an environmental impact study that paved the way to bring FPSOs to the US offshore.
    Bringing the technology to the region has been a long and winding road, a tale that Lovie recently wrote in a history entitled “two FPSOs in the Gulf of Mexico: A 20-year saga”.
    The industry’s effort over time culminated in the start-up of the Petrobras-operated Cascade-Chinook development in 2012 and Shell’s Stones project, which is due on line soon.
    “It’s the kind of project that makes one proud to be an engineer,” he says. “It’s something inspiring to the industry.”
    A native of Fife, Scotland, Lovie took a civil engineering degree at the University of Glasgow and a master’s at the University of Virginia as a Fulbright scholar.
    Cameron recruited him to work in Houston, where he moved to a position at the predecessor to transocean and ran engineering outfits focused on jack-up rig design and later subsea processing.
    In 1995 Lovie joined FPSO provider Bluewater and was tasked with business development in the US Gulf.

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